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My Top Ten List, Film Comment's Top 20 Poll

Wendy and Lucy tops Film Comment's annual critics poll of 20 best films of 2008:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2008 9:47 AM
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Westerns Top 100 List Sucks: Shane Number One

Check out this list of top 100 westerns of all time from the Western Writers of America. They should be ashamed of themselves for these woeful rankings.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2008 7:31 AM
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Goodbye Power 100, Hello EW's Smart List

This Friday, Entertainment Weekly will publish a new standalone special issue, the first Hollywood “Smart List.” The brain behind this rejuvenated list, which replaces the tired old EW Power 100, is my old colleague Sean Smith, ex-of Newsweek and Premiere, who worked with me on quite a few Premiere power lists. We prided ourselves on reporting the hell out of those lists, and that's what EW has done here, too. A phalanx of EW reporters canvassed the film industry, conducting hundreds of background interviews, seeking info on “the savants and the wunderkinds whose ideas are driving the film industry forward,” according to EW.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2007 6:47 AM
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13 Most Horrifying Screen Chills Ever

The London Times chooses the top 13 scariest horror scenes ever. Be afraid. Very afraid. [Hat Tip: Colin Boyd.]
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2007 6:46 AM
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Top 100 Film Lists: AFI, Time, AWFJ

I filled out the AFI Top 100 ballot. And I realized that I was being a total auteurist. I'd check anything by Keaton, Welles, Hawks, Ford, Huston, Wilder. Other directors--even the great Hitchcock, whose classics are dating fast-- were hit or miss. I realized that some movies had slipped in my estimation over the ten years since I last filled out the same list.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2007 3:01 AM
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More: Lists

Best Brit Directors

Danny Boyle's Sunshine is a hit in the U.K. I can't wait. Until then, we can revel in the Brits' celebration of their superior directing talent pool. The London Telegraph film critics have picked a top 21 list, for some reason, of the best British directors of all time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2007 4:54 AM
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